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Clinton Junior Alena Trotter is Hinds County’s Distinguished Young Woman

TritterMay 23, 2022


The last of the Five Pillars of the Distinguished Young Woman scholarship program is to be ambitious, and Clinton junior Alena Trotter certainly is that.


A member of the Clinton High School Band program and a recent recipient of Mississippi’s Seal of Biliteracy in English and Russian, Trotter was encouraged to participate in the DYW scholarship program by her high school counselor.


“The nationwide program is geared towards rewarding young girls based upon their leadership, talent, scholastics and community involvement,” she said.


She said that her and six other girls from Clinton High School signed up to participate in the program. After participating in the initial program, she was named Hinds County’s Distinguished Young Woman.


“COVID has changed a lot in my life,” Trotter said, “except my belief and hope for a better future.”


She said her mother has played a strong part in developing her determination.


“My mom always says, ‘God has not given you a spirit of fear. Attitude and gratitude is what’s going to get you from point A to point B, no matter the struggle,’ and I truly believe that our lives are determined by how we handle a series of experiences that compile who we ultimately are in life.”


Trotter says her vision is to give hope to people, especially people who are fearful. She has already spoken to classes at Eastside Elementary about the importance of being their best selves.


The Five Pillars of the Distinguished Young Woman program are be healthy and fit, be involved, be studious, be responsible and be ambitious. During her visit to Eastside, she guided the students in an activity where they made impressions of their hands in clay disks, painting the impressions with different colors representing the five elements.


“COVID has shown the world how fragile our lives can be,” Trotter said, “so let’s not take for granted every opportunity and every day that we can live and be our best selves right now.”


Distinguished Young Women of Mississippi is part of a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women.